This is not only an Okanagan’s first, or a British Columbia first, but CANADA’s First 100% solar powered organic farm!
Congratulations Coldstream Corner Farms, and its owners Helmi Lowen, Kornelius Lowen, and the rest of the Lowen Family for deciding to choose ‘got solar?’ to install your system! Helmi received several quotes, and narrowed it down to the company offering the best installation at the best price using the best equipment (that’s us! – ‘got solar?’)
This 29KW (29,500Watt) solar system is so large, that BCHydro actually has to upgrade the transformer out front on the pole. Thank you so much to BCHydro for not only offering the no-charge net-metering program but for also upgrading this transformer, AND put in a new power poll AT NO CHARGE TO THE CUSTOMER! The net metering department, headed by Alevtina Akbulatova of BCHydro is always great to work with!
This grid-dependent (aka: grid-tie or grid-tied) solar system pushes energy into the buildings electrical system anytime that it is light out. The sunnier it is, the more power the solar system creates. It pushes the power back into the electrical grid and literally and legally turns your power meter backwards! (if you still have an old analogue meter) As we now have ‘smart-meters’ in BC (they measure in both directions) the power being pushed INTO the grid from the solar system is calculated, as well as the power you DRAWN during the evenings and long winter months. The credits are applied towards the debits, and cancel each other out. (hence the term ‘net-metering’)
The Lowen family wanted to eliminate their power bill, or even better yet, start getting a cheques from the power company! So, working with their roof surface, their stated priority, and their budget we were able to populate their entire roof with solar panels. The output from the solar system, should be VERY CLOSE to allowing the Lowen’s to be ‘net-zero’ and maybe even ‘net-positive’. What does this mean? It meant that they will create as much power, or MORE power than they consume in a year. If they successfully implement a few power-conserving ideas that we identified over the upcoming winter months, they just might achieve BOTH of their goals!
Learn more about Helmi, and Coldstream Corner Farms here: